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May Happenings Quiz

Guess these things that happened in the month of May.
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First submittedMay 1, 2012
Last updatedMarch 28, 2017
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May 1
This dwarf planet is named
May 2
This infamous person is killed in Pakistan
Osama Bin Laden
May 3
This building, formerly the world's tallest, is completed
Sears Tower
May 4
This PLO leader signs a peace accord with Israel
Yasser Arafat
May 5
This Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire
May 6
This German zeppelin is destroyed by fire
May 7
This judo enthusiast becomes President of Russia
Vladimir Putin
May 8
This nation unconditionally surrenders
May 9
This country is formally annexed by Italy
May 10
This man becomes the first black leader of South Africa
Nelson Mandela
May 11
This chess-playing computer bests Garry Kasparov
Deep Blue
May 12
The USSR lifts its blockade of this city
May 13
The US declares war on this country
May 14
Edward Jenner administers the first vaccine for this disease
May 15
This island, under U.S. occupation, reverts to Japanese control
May 16
These awards are presented for the first time
The Academy Awards
May 17
The U.S. Supreme Court rules unanimously on this case
Brown v. Board of
May 18
This volcano erupts in the Pacific Northwest
Mount St. Helens
May 19
This actress sings "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy
Marilyn Monroe
May 20
This Portuguese explorer reaches India by sea
Vasco da Gama
May 21
This aviator reaches Paris after a non-stop flight from New York
Charles Lindbergh
May 22
This former U.S. Vice President is indicted on charges of treason
Aaron Burr
May 23
This king divorces Catherine of Aragon
King Henry VIII
May 24
Samuel Morse sends the first official message using this device
May 25
The Constitutional Convention opens in this city
May 26
Allied forces evacuate Europe from this city in France
May 27
This company discontinues the Model T
May 28
This country tests nuclear weapons for the first time
May 29
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of this mountain
Mount Everest
May 30
This female warrior is burned at the stake
Joan of Arc
May 31
The UK and Germany fight this famous naval battle,
named for Denmark's main peninsula
Battle of Jutland
level 17
May 11, 2012
i though it was Joan of Ark...... :(
level 48
Nov 28, 2017
Only fools would think that
level 76
May 3, 2018
I've always wondered why Joan isn't acceptable as a type-in. Her parents didn't name her "Joan of Arc".
level 67
Jul 9, 2018
No, they named her "Jehanne," or "Jeanne."
level 28
May 12, 2012
I misspelled Okinawa :(
level 44
May 14, 2012
Only missed Aaron Burr and now have that "Got Milk?" commercial stuck in my head.
level 38
Oct 7, 2018
Aaron Burr? Which quiz are you taking?
level 61
Jun 8, 2019
Em this one... the may 22 question. It is actually still on there know. I dont suspect it has been taken of and put back on.
level 20
Sep 17, 2012
The "pacific north-west" is not the western United states of america it is the north western edge of the pacific ocean. If you mean the north west of the united states of america please make this distinction as not everyone is from the USA.
level 83
Jul 15, 2013
But then one could argue that the outback is any wilderness or bush area of any country. However, if someone mentions 'the outback' they're most likely referring to Australia's. Same thing here, especially as it's the "Pacific Northwest" (note capitalization) and not the northwest Pacific.
level 53
May 1, 2015
I think pacific northwest is probably also internationally recognized??? just saying...
level 35
May 1, 2015
As someone from England, i was very confused as to what this meant, please specify more clearly
level 63
May 1, 2018
I have to laugh at Jackey52 using an almost exclusively US spelling of 'recognised' to make that global point... No, you might like to think that, and I'm sure there are a handful of non-US citizens who understood, but most people outside of North America see Pacific Northwest as somewhere around Japan/The Koreas.
Having googled it, I understand that Americans refer to the Washington(-ish?) area as Pacific Northwest, but the wording of this clue is geared against non-Americans. Perhaps change it to 'Northwest US'?
level 60
May 2, 2018
or leave it as something for others to learn.
level 72
Sep 3, 2018
@Lucd13 If there (their, they're) is a "proper" system of English spelling, get on (awn) with it. It's like learning Chinese, every word (whirred) is different and must(h) (mussed) be(e) learned b(i)(u)y(e) sight (cite, site), a real (reel) travesty in(n) having (halving) an(n)(e) alphabet which (witch) is supposed t(w)o(o) signify sounds. If you (yew, U, ewe) people in(n) England are so (sew) proud of your (yore, you're) language, at least (leased) initiate some(sum)thing t(w)o(o) be(e) proud of.
level 66
May 5, 2015
How many countries have western borders on the Pacific Ocean? How many of those countries have had a volcanic eruption in the last 40 years? It's not really that hard, for anyone anywhere, to know what area (and volcano) is being referenced.
level 65
May 18, 2015
North-west of the Pacific and volcano? Looks like Japan and Russia (Kamchatka)
level 73
Jun 19, 2017
This confused me too but if you Google search Pacific Northwest then the first thing that comes up is an area of North Western N. America so just because we didn't get it doesn't mean it's wrong
level 44
Dec 20, 2012
Wow - so many are obvious once you see them.
level 74
Apr 21, 2013
Somewhat pedantic, I know, but it was Abyssinia in 1936, not Ethiopia.
level 67
May 1, 2015
Yeah, I tried Abyssinia first.
level 35
May 3, 2015
I only tried Abyssinia, it should accept both
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Mar 28, 2017
level 76
Mar 23, 2014
100% with 1:41 left! History buff am I.
level 49
May 1, 2015
Did nothing ever happen on May 31?
level 53
May 1, 2015
Ramses the second came to power in egypt on may 31. also, big ben began keeping time on may 31, 1859
level 58
May 1, 2015
Only one I missed ... my birthday! :(
level 76
May 1, 2015
Never heard of Deep Blue, but I like the idea of naming computers. I think I'll call mine "Time Eater".
level 71
May 1, 2015
Could not for the life of me think of telegraph. I tried Morse Code Machine. Sam's Box. Dashes & Dots Thing. Didn't take any of them.
level 77
May 4, 2015
You forgot my birthday.
level 76
May 3, 2018
Happy birthday, Kalbahamut - not sure which day of May it is, but this can cover the whole month.
level 77
Jun 8, 2019
It was on the day bin Laden was killed, except technically the day before because it was 1 am in Pakistan at the time.
level 59
May 4, 2015
Weirdly worded. "Allied forces evacuate Europe from this city in France"
level 26
May 1, 2016
Where's the 31st?
level ∞
Mar 28, 2017
Missing! And now added.
level 72
Mar 28, 2017
Could you please specify "US" by "Constitutional Convention"? Many countries have had one of these.
level 73
Apr 3, 2017
In 1787?
level 72
Sep 3, 2018
Nope, legal constitutions were rare among all the world's dictatorships in 1787. Who could it be?
level 71
Apr 1, 2017
Wonderful quiz!
level 51
Nov 27, 2017
Quizzes should have charts of takes per month in the stats - I'm curious what this one's would look like.
level 79
May 1, 2018
Surprised that no one has brought this up but West Berlin is not an acceptable answer.
level 64
May 1, 2018
Could you add Skagerrak as a type-in for Jutland? It's the German name of that battle and Wikipedia accepts it as well – searching for Battle of Skagerrak redirects you to the Battle of Jutland article.
level 33
May 2, 2018
I typed Helena instead of Helens :(
level 38
Oct 7, 2018
Great quiz! - The Pacific North West threw me for a moment, but then I zeroed in on the year and knew it was Mount St. Helen's. Perhaps if we paid more attention to the years, we'd be more successful. (for example, for the Pakistan question, I originally thought of Bhutto, but then I saw 2011 and knew that it had to be Bin Laden).
level 62
Feb 11, 2019
As others commented, I find "Pacific Northwest" confusing. Without specification, I thought it meant the Pacific Ocean, and so was trying to think of some volcano around Japan. Murican navel gazing strikes again, it seems.
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